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Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, KU Leuven

Contact: Prof. Hedwig Schwall & Sven Kretzschmar
Leuven, Belgium

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS), officially launched on the 22nd of March 2010, is a multi- and interdisciplinary research centre of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. It is the result of close cooperation between the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

The Centre has three objectives: first, to stimulate cooperation between researchers from Irish universities and from the Association of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; second, to conduct research in the traditional fields of Irish Studies as well as in research areas related to the Irish context; and finally, to promote cultural events in cooperation with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.




Both senior and junior researchers are active within the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies. Moreover, a number of affiliated researchers occasionally participate in the Centre’s projects and events. The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies also welcomes visiting fellows who wish to contribute to joint research and joint research projects.

The extensive list of members is included here.


Contact: Prof. Hedwig Schwall & Sven Kretzschmar (EFACIS Coordinator)

Research interests:

Three research areas can be distinguished within the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies:

  1. Literature, History, Theology, Philosophy and Fine Arts
  2. Peace and Transformative Growth
  3. Economics, Business, Law, Innovation and Valorization

The LCIS has a strong collaborative nature to its reserach, as demonstrated in the additional research areas:


The LCIS encourages multi- and interdiscipliniary research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. A selection of the publications arising from this collaboratove approach in 2016 can be found below:

  • D’hoker, E. (2016) Irish Women Writers and the Modern Short Story. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 231pp.
  • Ingelbien, R. (2016) Irish Cultures of Travel. Writing on the Continent, 1829-1914. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 252pp
  • Verberckmoes, J., Neyts, C. and Bousard, T. (2016) Irish Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago: 800 Years. Dublin: Astrolabe Press, 40 pp.
  • Agnew, É. and Ingelbien, R. (eds.) (2016) “Irish Travel Writers”. Special issue of Studies in Travel Writing 20.2. London: Taylor and Francis.
  • Collier, M. (ed.) (2016) What do we lose when we lose a library? Proceedings of the Conference held at KU Leuven 9-11 September 2015. Leuven: University Library, 2016.

The full list can be found in the Annual Report here.

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